GROWS: Women with HIV Growing Older, Wiser and Stronger

The GROWS project aims to improve the quality of life of older women with HIV through a tailored, sustainable, holistic project, developed and led by women with HIV for women with HIV, drawing upon the expertise of the four collaborating organizations: Sophia Forum, Positively UK, NAM, and University College London (UCL).

Advances in antiretroviral therapy have meant that the number of women living with HIV aged over 50 has tripled in the past 10 years. In London there are 10,649 women with HIV, of which 5,071 are in the 35–49 age group and 4,064 are over 50 (PHE 2019). HIV care for women must therefore address the needs of those in this age group. Older women with HIV face a number of challenges, including high levels of menopausal symptoms and difficulties accessing appropriate care; increased risk of co-morbidities, such as osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease; and high levels of stigma. Furthermore, we know that women with HIV are disproportionately affected by mental health issues, and socioeconomic challenges, including poverty, gender-based violence and immigration problems.

Our GROWS project aims to help tackle these challenges; you can read more about the project here.

We are hiring a Research and Peer Support Project Coordinator to develop the GROWS project. To find out more, please read the job description and person specification.

This job is London based due to the nature of the funding and the geographical reach of the project. Applicants living outside of London are able to apply but no extra funding is available to cover your travel expenses.

If you are interested in applying for this role, please send your CV and an expression of interest of no more than 2 pages, to info@sophiaforum.net. Please ensure you evidence how you meet the job specification requirements in your letter of interest. If you would like to discuss any questions with one of our trustees prior to your application, please get in touch, using the same email address. We look forward to receiving your application.